Goal: Reflect on your time back to school

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful!

“To teach is to learn twice over.” – Joseph Joubert

Goal: Reflect on your time back to school. What have your new group of learners taught you? What have been your successes? What challenges are you still facing and trying to find solutions. Write a blog post and write down your thoughts in a journal and share with at least one person.

My Reflection

Most of us have been back to school for a month or more. This year my students have reminded me once again how each batch of learners are different even though I have been teaching since 1996. My college students this year have helped me rethink classroom management, the function and form of the syllabus, my homework policies, and the way I give feedback.

What I’ve learned so far this year ….

The number one lesson I have learned from my new students is flexibility and to be open to my students’ input more about the curriculum. Often, we plan the curriculum ahead of time and we don’t understand where are students are at, yet, and the right path to get them there. In college there is more flexibility in making changes to the curriculum than when I taught in elementary and high school. We still have a framework of what we need to learn, but now the readings, materials, and way we get there (including the pace) are open to tweaks and changes.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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